What most people don’t fully recognize is the extent to which outdoor air pollution can penetrate inside a home or building. As you might expect, there are a lot of factors that determine just how much outdoor air pollution enters a building, or what we call infiltration factors. Things like the year of construction and leakiness of the building, whether there are operable windows (and whether they open or not), and the type of ventilation and filtration system in your building are the obvious ones, but wind direction, pressure, and other meteorological factors also play a critical role. … [Read more...] about We spend 90% of our time inside—why don’t we care that indoor air is so polluted?
That said, plenty of well-intended post-disaster donations contain useless items that create more problems than they solve. People actually thought to donate a mountain of sex toys to survivors of Florida’s Hurricane Charley in 2004, as well as freight containers full of defunct refrigerators intended for post-earthquake Haiti. There are better ways to give aid, Fabian says. That’s why UNICEF’s Innovation Unit developed a set of principles they try to stick to whenever they build technology for communities in crisis. “Never dump hardware,” is one of them. … [Read more...] about Can 1,000 Smartphones Make A Difference In The Fight Against Ebola? Or Just Make Us Feel Better?
1. Figure Out What’s Really Bothering You If you find yourself muttering phrases like: “He makes me so angry,” or “She drives me nuts,” Davey says it’s time to change your thinking. “Recognize that anger, frustration, or mistrust is your reaction, and that no one has the ability to make you feel something without your consent,” she says. … [Read more...] about 3 Ways To Get Along With That Irritating Coworker